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Remodeling kitchen trends are creating stylish kitchens with cleaner
lines, built-in dining, and pops of color, according to a recent article
Here are some recent trends in kitchens across the country.
1. Built-in dining areas. Eat-in kitchens are in
high demand as more remodelers are opting for extensions in counters
that resemble a table, either in lower or higher height to the
countertop. The counter extension is different than bar seating because
diners can sit around the edge and face one another, and not just sit in
a row. The counter extension saves space, offers an extra buffet
service, and more kitchen storage, says Deanna Carleton of Kitchen
2. Dressing up the kitchen with lighting. An
affordable way to upgrade a kitchen is just by switching out the lights,
designers say. For example, hand-blown glass shades on pendant lights,
contemporary drum shades, and chandeliers can quickly update a kitchen.
Layers of light continue to be popular, such as with a ceiling lighting
fixture combined with under-counter lighting as well as ambient lights
behind a glass-front door, designers say. LED under-counter lighting and
LED recessed ceiling lights are also popular.
3. Pops of color. Neutral colors in the kitchen is
the safe preference, but more kitchens are adding bolder pops of
colorâ€“such as in persimmon or pomegranateâ€“to spice up the kitchen.
Colored knobs, kitchen accessories, and even appliances are bringing in
these pops of color. Designers say pops of color can also be brought in
by the fabric choice in kitchen window seats, the upholstered seats, or
4. Striving for simplistic luxury. Clean lines and
transitional designs are â€œinâ€ while ornate Tuscan and French country
kitchen styles are falling out of favor in the kitchen. Betty Nairn of
Cabinet-S-Top in Granger Township, Ohio, says â€œsimplistic luxuryâ€ is the
kitchen trend nowadays.
Source: â€œ8 Areas to Pay Attention to When Updating Your Kitchen,â€ RISMedia (March 5, 2011)